Proceeds from Mahogany & Merlot benefit the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum (HARM), a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Located in Kent, WA, the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing. Formed in 1983, our Mission is to inspire and motivate learning and achievement while honoring, celebrating and preserving the legacy of Unlimited Hydroplane racing. The museum features an incredible collection of vintage hydroplanes spanning seven decades, including boats that have won 17 Gold Cups.
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is also the nation's primary resource for historical and educational information on hydroplane racing. Our extensive collection of books, magazines, race programs, newspaper, photos, trophies, and other memorabilia dates back to the turn of the last century. We have over 200 hours of rare, vintage racing films transferred to videotape, covering hydroplane racing for the 1940s to the present.
The stories of famous drivers are here as well. Legendary Bill Muncey, Ron Musson, Mira Slovak, "Wild" Bill Cantrell and other past drivers are featured, plus information on many of the top modern drivers, including Chip Hanauer.
In addition to great archives on the the history of hydroplanes, our museum is also a fully equipped boat restoration shop. Over the years, we have restored seven of the most famous Gold Cup and Harmsworth winners to full running condition. Most important, these great hulls have been restored by Museum members, people like you who loved the boats and simply could not see them fade away.
HARM also offers two excellent youth education programs - the Junior Hydro Program (J-Hydro) and Victory Education.
The Junior Hydro Program (J-Hydro), is for kids 9 to 16 years of age. Children learn traditional wooden boat building skills while building and rigging their own J-Hydro and race their boat in APBA sanctioned events. The Museum created this “kit boat” to make it affordable for children to learn and participate. The boats are built alongside their family members at our Museum facilities.
Victory Education presents fun, engaging engineering challenges that allow students to apply science knowledge in meaningful ways through the excitement of hydroplane racing, while meeting the Washington State standards for learning. In addition to introducing students to the excitement of engineering and STEM, the Victory Education Program fosters valuable cognitive skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, flexibility, persistence, and learning from failure.